Jason Kidd Ready to Get Back to Coaching

Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd in 2013. Photo by Dave Allocca/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock

Basketball Hall of Famer Jason Kidd has been without a job ever since he was fired by the Milwaukee Bucks in January 2018. More than a year later, Kidd’s name is being linked with several college and NBA coaching jobs, and it looks like he is also ready to get back into the game.

Kidd’s name was recently mentioned as a candidate at his alma mater California, while sources told ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski that the 46-year-old is among the favorites to take over Los Angeles Lakers if the team decides to move on from Luke Walton.

When recently asked about these rumors during his appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, Jason Kidd said that he would like to get back to coaching “at any level.”

“I think Cal is a great institution. We’ll see what happens,” – said Kidd. “Right now, it’s nice to be wanted. And it just tells me I’m doing the right thing. And I think the year off helps clean up some things, too, just to refocus and have that energy.”

Discussing the Lakers’ job, Kidd said that its one of the best franchises in the world.

“Not just in the NBA, but the world,” – he added. “And so if you ever have the opportunity to wear the purple and gold, you can’t turn that down. As a coach, as a player, because they’re all about championships, and so they have a process. They have a young team. And then LeBron [James] comes and kind of sped up things. And so he wants to win now. But I think, again, it takes time.”

Jason Kidd had his coaching debut with the Brooklyn Nets in 2013–14 NBA season, managing to lead the team to East Conference semifinals in his rookie year. The following season he took over the Milwaukee Bucks with whom he spent three and a half years, but failed to make a significant playoff success which resulted in his firing. Kidd’s managerial statistics include 183 – 190 record in the regular season and 9-15 record in the playoffs.